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Maruti, Hyundai join corona war

NEW DELHI: Top auto firms Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai announced special measures to tackle the menace of coronavirus in the country, joining similar efforts initiated by others like Mahindra & Mahindra and Bajaj Auto.
Maruti Suzuki on Saturday said it will work with AgVa Healthcare, a manufacturer of critical medical equipment, to help it rapidly scale up production of ventilators. The firms will join hands to rapidly scale up production with the intention to reach a volume of 10,000 ventilators per month.
AgVa Healthcare will be responsible for technology, performance and related matters for all the ventilators produced and sold by them. The auto major will use its suppliers to produce the required volume of components and use its experience and knowledge to upgrade systems for the production and quality control of the higher volumes.
Hyundai Motor India Foundation, the CSR arm of Hyundai Motor India, said it is ordering advanced diagnostic testing kits for coronavirus infection from South Korea as part of its measures to combat the pandemic.
These advanced kits have a very high level of accuracy and can help serve over 25,000 people, the company said in a statement. “Post receiving the shipment, the kits will be distributed in consultation with the Centre, and state governments to the hospitals in affected areas,” it said.
Krishna Maruti Limited, a joint venture of Maruti with Ashok Kapur, will be manufacturing 3-ply masks for supply to Haryana and the central government. Production is expected to start as soon as all approvals are received, Maruti said.
Already Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that it expects to come up with a sophisticated ventilator at just Rs 7,500, which otherwise costs up to Rs 10 lakh.

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